August 12, 2005
Next Launch - Probably Not September
Atlantis is scheduled for the next flight - STS 121 - but it looks like that will be in November at the earliest, and not September as originally scheduled. A commitment to resolve the foam problem is the main reason: at the least it looks like the main tank will be given some minor engineering modifications.
STS 121 is scheduled to have a crew of six, led by mission commander Steven Lindsey. This is another Return to Flight test mission, docking with the ISS and providing supplies, including additional ISS crew member Thomas Reiter (of Germany) who will be joining Krikalev and Phillips on the station. A useful summary is provided by wikipedia.
Meanwhile, some recent humor on shuttle launch delays from the Onion (hey, do Onion staff realize the mission commander was a "girl"?)
Posted by apsmith at August 12, 2005 04:07 PM